For The Children

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SCENE: Mitch BERG is out behind his house, turning his city trash barrel right side up, when Avery LIBRELLE turns down the alley, riding a Lime Bike. BERG can’t escape.

LIBRELLE: Merg! It’s time for comprehensive gun control!

BERG: Of course it is. Even though none of it can have any effect on gun violence – none at all – and it violates wholesale the rights of the law-abiding.

LIBRELLE: Hah! When I heard about Newtown, I stopped caring about your so-called “rights” (makes scare quotes as h…er, sh…er, as LIBRELLE says “Rights”)

BERG: You did, huh?

LIBRELLE: Yep!

BERG: For the children?

LIBRELLE: Yes!

BERG: I hear and understand you completely, Avery. I did the same thing.

LIBRELLE: Er – wait. What?

BERG: When I saw pictures of the Holocaust…:

…and what happens to the children when people lose their freedom…

…even – no, especially their children, then I stopped caring about the emotions of people who put the word “rights” in scare quotes.

LIBRELLE: (Absentmindedly looks down at the control panel on the bike) – Hey, Merg – I ran out of stored money on this bike. Give me your credit card.

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